Friday Night Dinner 10

The 10th in a weekly look at the progress of The Gilmore Girls Companion as we round the bend on this 2+ year adventure.

In the second of what is becoming my “let’s talk about anything Gilmore Girls-related so long as it isn’t about this book I’m killing myself to finish” entries, I must admit I had nothing. Until I saw the recent Lauren Graham casting rumors.

A remake of the possessed-doll movie Child’s Play? Really? Probably not. It wasn’t so long ago that Lauren was supposed to play a mom on the forthcoming Wes Craven sequel Scream 4, but that came to nothing, and it’s not hard to see why.

Granted her choice in movie roles hasn’t always been stellar quality-wise, but then again, who among us holds out for the perfect job? When you need to work, you work. And from all accounts, Lauren is hardly the work-for-money-to-burn type; she financed her own production company during her Gilmore Girls years with all of those movie roles. She’s probably rebuilding that business now on her Parenthood earnings. She has plans.

Which is why your chances of seeing her in another horror movie sequel, or (lower still) a franchise reboot, is pretty slim. Unless the original is a personal favorite of hers, which is certainly a possibility, it just doesn’t look like something she’d take. With few exceptions, horror movie remakes are notoriously small on budget, with even less to spare for actors’ salaries. (And if all this talk of horror movies has got you in the mood, please feel free to check out The New Horror Handbook.)

Now I’m off to work on the next blog entry for when she turns out to have taken the role after all…

  1. Ele
    October 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    First of all, Lauren’s participation on Child’s Play is just a rumour or even less, there is no information about it. Same for the two other movie projects. It can turn out to be true…or not. You can’t really compare it to Scream 4 where she was actually in the movie but had to step out because of scheduling conflicts. Lauren doesn’t choose her projects by genre, most of the times it’s either the cast, the director or the script that appeals to her and leads to the decision to participate in a project. And I don’t understand where you get the idea that Lauren’s about to re-found her production company.

    Plus Lauren was in Nightwatch, a horror/drama remake, back in 1997. So she already did that genre.

    • October 2, 2010 at 7:05 am

      All good points, Ele, and I certainly defer to you on all things Lauren. I would only point out that Nightwatch was made at a time when she was a virtual unknown by most standards, and most likely took any work that came her way, regardless of genre.

      As for her refounding her production company, I merely meant that she has worked on both sides of the camera before, is extremely ambitious by all accounts of those who know her, and has tried her hand at production before — there’s every indication that she will do so again. As good of an actress as she is, she seems too intellectually curious to be satisfied with working in that one aspect of the business.

      • Ele
        October 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

        With that I totally agree. I’m sure we will see her more and more in the production field, it just sounded like she restarts her company soon and I just don’t think she’ll do that just yet.

  2. October 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Everyone I’ve spoken to about her who knows her has told me she’s a lot smarter than she’s given credit for, and she’s given credit for a fair bit — I get the feeling she’s going to be impressing for years to come.

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